Wickenburg fills an illustrious chapter in the history of Arizona and the West. Though only 54 miles away from the hustle and bustle of modern Phoenix, Arizona’s most western community hearkens back to a different time and place.
Nature graced Wickenburg with a gentle magic. Resting on the northern edge of the Sonoran Desert, just below Arizona’s mountainous country, the Wickenburg area abounds in natural beauty. While the area’s geological treasures attracted the miners from around the world, the Hassayampa River flood plain provided fertile soil for farming and ranching.
For centuries, the western Yavapai (or Tolkapaya as they called themselves), made the banks of this oasis their home, irrigating their crops of corn, beans, squash, and tobacco with river water. They named this place Haseyamo, “following the water as far as it goes,” from which the word Hassayampa derived.
The town still cherishes the best traditions of its colorful early days. Through annual events such as Gold Rush Days, and the famous Desert Caballeros Men’s trail ride, organizations such as the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Desert Caballeros, and the determination and hard work of its citizens, Wickenburg is committed to preserving the best traditions of the Old West.
Come discover Wickenburg’s historic downtown. Discover the Jail Tree where townspeople chained lawbreakers in the old days. Enjoy the self-guided Historical Walking Tour, see beautiful bronze sculptures, six which have narration about the history of our area.
Discover the natural beauty and the legend of the Hassayampa River. You’re sure to find it all “Out Wickenburg Way!”